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March 18, 2010

Gerald Weinberg on figuring out the real problem

Filed under: Project Management — Jag @ 4:53 pm
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I’ve meant to blog about this ever since I first heard it. More about it in his book. A wonderful illustration on the ambiguities of language, and why we need to make sure we understand our users’ statements well.

Statement In contrast to
Mary had a little lamb … it was hers, not someone else’s
Mary had a little lamb … but she doesn’t have it anymore
Mary had a little lamb … just one, not several
Mary had a little lamb … it was very, very small
Mary had a little lamb … not a goat, a chicken, etc
Mary had a little lamb … but John still has his
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